Category: Coal

Letter: Don’t force coal development on Northern Cheyenne – Billings Gazette, Aug. 4, 2015

August 4, 2015
After reading the July 28th article, "Northern Cheyenne to investigate impact of proposed railroad on cultural sites," I am shocked at our disregard for the well-being and cultural resources of Native people. Is it moral and ethical to continue the legacy of exploitation of Native peoples and land? The article refers to deficiencies found by the Northern Cheyenne in the cultural inventory of the Tongue River Railroad draft Environmental Impact Study. The Northern Cheyenne will now undertake their...
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Showdown over coal mine expansion set for Billings Federal Court – KTVQ TV, July 30, 2015

July 31, 2015
NO VIDEO By Jay Kohn BILLINGS - A federal judge will hear arguments in Billings Friday in a lawsuit over the proposed expansion of the Spring Creek Coal Mine in southeastern Montana. The suit challenges the U.S. Interior Department/s approval of expanded mining at Montana's largest coal mine. Two Billings based citizen groups, the Northern Plains Resource Council and the Western Organization of Resource Councils, contend the Interior Secretary approved expanded mining of publicly owned coal without first considering the mine's failure...
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Press release: Citizen groups argue for public participation and reclamation review of coal mine expansion – July 29, 2015

July 31, 2015
Groups will present oral arguments in suit against Department of Interior’s approval of mine expansion for Spring Creek Mine COMPLAINT: By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. – In August of 2014, two Billings-based citizen groups filed a lawsuit asking the Federal District Court in Billings to reverse the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s approval of expanded mining of publicly owned coal at the 35 year old Spring Creek coal mine in southeastern Montana owned by Cloud...
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Billings Gazette editorial: What’s in your food? An anti-labeling bill by another name – July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015
“Zinke votes to strengthen food labeling laws,” U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke’s press release proclaimed on July 23, the day he voted for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599). In fact, Montana’s lone U.S. House member, voted for a bill that would nullify genetically modified organism labeling laws in three states and pre-empt future efforts by any state to require that food containing GMOs be so labeled. In fact, Zinke cosponsored and supported legislation that would...
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Bozeman Daily Chronicle editorial: Local officials need to plan for oil train danger – July 26, 2015

July 28, 2015
It’s been an interesting summer on the energy front, with worldwide production spiking and seasonal gas prices uncharacteristically low. But there’s one facet of the industry that remains particularly troubling: derailments of oil-laden trains in transit from the Bakken formation in northeastern Montana and northwestern North Dakota. These derailments/spills/explosions have been happening with troubling frequency, the latest earlier this month right here in Montana when 20 cars of an oil-bearing train derailed in rural northeastern Montana, spilling some...
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Letter: Make your voice heard on MDU rate request – Billings Gazette, July 26, 2015

July 28, 2015
Montana-Dakota Utilities has requested a 21 percent increase in its electrical rates in Eastern Montana. The Montana Public Service Commission will decide if it is justified. At the same time, the utility company is asking for a service charge to customers who generate electrical power with solar or wind (net metering). This additional charge will discourage the development of solar and wind projects and is not justified. The public has a 30-day window to respond to these requests....
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Press release: Rancher says it’s high time for coal royalty fairness – July 9, 2015

July 8, 2015
By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. -- Steve Charter, a Bull Mountain rancher and Chair of Northern Plains Resource Council, said Thursday that he looks forward to the August 11 listening session in Billings on federal coal management. “When the 2015 Legislature was over, there were a lot of infrastructure needs in eastern Montana that couldn’t be met,” Charter said. Meanwhile, “since 2008 Montana has lost over $30 million in coal royalties that should have been revenue to the...
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Gazette opinion: Zinke pushes quietly to take money away from taxpayers – July 6, 2015

July 7, 2015
Gazette Editorial Board In a quiet procedural move, Montana U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke has tried to keep a loophole open that will rob Montanans (and all citizens) of money that’s rightfully theirs. The issue is how coal royalties are paid. That’s money coal companies owe the government for extracting coal on federal land — land owned by all of us. Currently, a loophole allows large coal companies to mine coal and then sell it to their own subsidiaries...
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Letter: Proposed railroad bad for Montana – Bozeman Daily Chronicle, July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015
What is the Tongue River Railroad? I’d be willing to bet that a lot of people out here in western Montana don’t know or care much about the Tongue River Railroad, but we all should. The proposed 42-mile railroad would be built for the sole purpose of hauling coal from a mine that doesn’t exist yet to a port that doesn’t exist yet for a foreign market that is dying. The federal Surface Transportation Board recently released its...
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Press release: Landowner rights, current reclamation data and climate impacts all missing in Miles City RMP – June 30, 2015

June 30, 2015
Northern Plains and WORC file protest By Northern Plains Resource Council BILLINGS, Mont. – Northern Plains Resource Council and Western Organization of Resource Councils, two conservation and landowner groups, filed a protest yesterday of the Miles City Field Office Resource Management Plan (RMP), a new Bureau of Land Management land use plan to govern management of federal lands, including coal, oil and gas. The protest focuses on the use of decades-old information to allow for the consideration of large...
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